Union: Arrest cop over farmworker's death

2012-11-17 22:05

Johannesburg - The Food and Allied Workers Union on Friday called for the arrest of a Western Cape police station commander following the death of a farmworker during the farmworkers strike this week.

"We call on the arrest of the Wolseley police station commander, who allegedly instructed the shooting with live ammunition in which Michael Daniels was killed," the union said in a statement. Daniels, 28, was shot and killed in a skirmish with police during a protest in Wolseley on Tuesday.

Five other people were injured in the incident.

The Wolseley station commander has since been replaced.

The temporarily removal of the station commander from her post may send a wrong message that police brutality was a norm, the union said.

Led by its president, Attwell Nazo the union on Saturday visited Wolseley, Ceres, Robertson, and Bonnievale and De Doorns in the Western Cape.

The areas have been marred by violence as table grape harvesters demanded to be paid R150 a day.
Most earned between R69 and R75 a day.

"Fawu is behind the workers' demands and will support them all the way. We will engage with employers and government to address their problems."

Police said they were keeping an eye on the situation.

  • StreetRacer911 - 2012-11-17 22:18

    The strikers obviously threatened the lives of the police. They should be happy more didn't die. Bunch of troublemakers all of those strikers. They do not strike legally! They destroy property and burn tires in the road. Last time I checked those are punishable crimes. Violence is not the right way to show unhappiness

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-11-17 22:44

      Correct Street Racer. If you look for trouble and burn and loot then you must accept that you could be shot at by police and property owners and killed in the process.

      StreetRacer911 - 2012-11-18 08:34

      The real bad thing is that police are becoming scared to do their job, because they always get the blame for it. If the police start turning a blind eye to all these violent strikers, this beautiful country will be burned to the ground by those bastards. And guess what? Then the police and the whites will get all the blame as usual

      Ollie - 2012-11-18 13:35

      The title of this story should be the other way around!

  • Nontyatyambo Mehlomakulu Sekinyane - 2012-11-17 22:37

    cops must be ashamed of themselves 4 killing inocent ppl who only need more money to feed their families

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-11-17 22:43

      Then these people should attack the ANC because it is the ANC that determines farm labourer salaries and it is ANC policies that is stopping growth!!!

      debduplessis - 2012-11-17 22:58

      they were not innocent!

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-17 23:08

      Since when ANC is in charge of the Western Cape? Tik made them to vote for helen and now she is paying them 69c per hour and give the farms to her cousins, neek hulle polisie

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-17 23:30

      Agree! This \shoot to kill\ is barbaric which happens more often than people think even towards innocent people! Whether strikers are right or wrong, there ARE other ways to deal with unruly crowds!!

      randall.j.coetzee - 2012-11-17 23:47

      Mosweu... Js mos oningelig vriend... The minimum wage was determined by your precious ANC

      fhefer - 2012-11-17 23:54

      Please tell me what are people trying to achieve by burning, looting, shooting, and carrying on like barbarians??? For godsakes people, its the 21 Century not a tribal war. There are more humane ways to deal with salary disputes! \Behave like a criminal and you will get treated like a criminal, but behave like a responsible diligent worker, and the boss will treat and pay you well\ and that's a proven fact!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-18 00:38

      Well said fhefer?! People need basic education in social skills and common decency.. Afraid its going to take a few years though and learn to THINK for themselves in stead of following idiots who are technically clueless!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-18 02:26

      semonatenate, you obviously have no clue as to what goes on in real life, can I suggest you go back to your colouring in book or whatever it was you were doing. The minimum wage is set by government, in this case, the ANC. 99% of the striking workers are part time who work for a labour broker who is sanctioned by the ANC ( read crony of an ANC politician), this broker is paid around R240 per worker by the farmer. The broker decides how much he is going to pay the worker, not the farmer. so in answer to your question, the ANC is at fault here, not for the minimum wage it set, but for allowing crooked labour brokers to rip the workers off. See? Once you have the facts, you will no longer look like an idiot by spouting rubbish on subjects you know nothing about. Hopefully this sinks in, it is fairly simple to grasp.

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 07:54

      They were not Innocent idiot! Get an Education!

      John - 2012-11-18 11:00

      Ok Nontyatyambo so overturning two police vans and burning a bakkie is inocent ppl. I'll come round your house sometime turn over your car and you can do nothing as I will be inocent.

      John - 2012-11-18 11:17

      kagiso they do pay more. I farm in Ceres there is not farmer on my road that pays minimum wage all pay above. My lowest paid worker who starts with me off the street earns R85 a day I know that doesn't sound much but that is the basic pay. He then earns piece work for how many trees he can thin or bags he can pick. Most of my people earn at least R100 a day. My permanent people then get free housing with indoor toilets hot water etc (which is ethically audited by the government) free water and sewrage 1/3 of the electricity is paid. free transport to the village on Saturday to do shopping. free doctors money which is paid to them yearly if they don't use it. free transport to their work. free intrest free loans to buy washing machine TV's etc. and I'm not allowed to take more than 10% of his wage to pay it back (banks and loans sharks like Russels etc can take what they want with Ganishing orders) If you ad all this up its way above the R150 a day they are asking. This strike is not for R150 a day wage these people were bussed in from outside by the ANC to cause disruption. A farmer I know down the road employs seasonal black workers from the township they phone him every day crying how they want to come to work and they tell about people who they do not know forcing them to strike threatening to burn the houses down when they leave for work.

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 11:23

      Black man with name that is too over complicated to pronounce. I agree with John. I am getting my 100 bottles full of petrol to Burn Kayaletsha. I will be innocent too!

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 11:39

      Black man with name that is too much complicated, I will march to Parliament and burn everything to the ground. My statement is so innocent ne. I will take Zumas glasses and shuff them up his arse. Oooo I am so inocent. I wall take his middle finger and shove it where it will get stuck, he will burn and die. Oooooo Im so innocent. I will take his R 2 000 000 Mercedes and drive it into his Blue light convoy. Oooooo im fcking Innocent! I will then build an Few Atomic Bombs to destroys as many informal settlements as possible. Ooooooo now Im getting Innocent! Wake up dumb ass!!!!!!

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 13:58

      Kagisoooooo watch your step booi.

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-11-17 22:39

    Police is there to keep law and order in the country...If he got shot, he was up to no good... Job well done by the Cops... Keep up the good work..JUST REMEMBER ONE THING.... NO FARMS NO WORK NO WORK NO FOOD FOR THE COUNTRY...

      peterdonb - 2012-11-18 00:08

      philas.ntuli, you suck so much, it must really really hurt!

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-18 00:31

      philas.ntuli? do NOT wish death on others, that is very sick of you. Be careful the bad things you wish for, it could come back and bite you in the ass

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-18 00:49

      One flame brain cell hero poor continent. Injury to one is injury to all. Viva .

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 08:01

      Philas.fktedup.ntuli, f**k you an your Zim cadres to hell! Motherf**cker!

  • cemslie - 2012-11-17 22:44

    Unions should stick to their business of negotiating, instead of trying to incite violence as their skills of negotiating suck and they are really clueless at it.....we pay all this money to unions and all they tell us to do is strike....and here we are the ones losing money, not them!!!! People also need to respect the police and stop trying to remove the power they hold, they are their to protect us at all costs, even if it means someone had to die who clearly had no respect for the law!!!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-11-17 22:51

    Isn't it strange how the criminals in this country want the police arrested for doing their work. The unions encourage violence in this country.

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-11-17 23:26

    OK, then they can arrest the Union leaders for Vandalism, public violence, incitement, assault, attempted murder etc. Also allow the businesses to sue the unions for loss off income.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-18 00:25

      Now THAT'S sounds like a good plan..

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-11-17 23:48

    sekinyane u also insult people,break windows,damage vehicles,beat yo children and yo parents when u need money to support yo family ne?

  • vera.platt - 2012-11-18 00:50

    The government has lost control of the country. Unions and the unruly are running it now. Britain in the 1908s here we come.

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-11-18 05:27

    Absolute BS ! If you strike damage property ,loot , and set stuff on fire take what is coming your way !

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  • 1BadBallie - 2012-11-18 06:20

    I am so sick of these workers unions. Let's hear from the employers' unions for a change.

  • Dudley Schalkwijk - 2012-11-18 07:19

    Mechanised farming - no more 'problems'

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-18 07:20

    1BadBallie. The employers union already exists! It is called Strikeback. Employers merely list troublemakers on this site and others are warned not to accidentally employ them again. This way we ensure that "they do not get away with bad behaviour". Our website is being automated now so people can be automatically uploaded.

  • quarty.vanzyl - 2012-11-18 07:44

    That station commander should actually get a medallion for doing her job properly and doing her best to protect the farmers from this bunch of hooligans who burn, destroy loot and blocking the N1

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 08:09


  • Eliya Tembe - 2012-11-18 08:01

    I wonder when will this end,police they always shoot to kill while people are on strikes,now I think it's time for further action to be taken against them,human rights mustn't stepped over and ANC Government need to interfere on this issue.

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 08:09

      And you need to take your Stupid pills immediately!

      pws69 - 2012-11-18 08:37

      What about the rights of the farmers to NOT have their property destroyed?

      John - 2012-11-18 20:14

      The ANC government started this issue. They created this monster they should take the blame. The ANC set the minimum wage but of course they put all the blame on the DA and the farmers. I am supprised they havn't played the apartheid card yet.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-18 08:07

    We all know where's the right place for the wrong doers!

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-18 08:14

    Let the IPCD investigate(thats what they there for) nothing to do with the union,if found guilty procecute if not then Procecute the Union member NAZO with the full might of the law for illegal strikes,looting beirning etc, its the law.

  • wvdmerwe - 2012-11-18 08:35

    give then their 170, but take away all the freebees they get from the farmers like free food, water, electricity, transport etc etc. Make them pay like we all do and install pre paid boxes. They will soon realise how stupid they were and what they actually lost in their demands.

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 08:48

      This should be implemented ASAP!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-18 08:59

      100% Boer

  • 1BadBallie - 2012-11-18 08:56

    I am so sick of these workers unions. Let's hear from the employers' unions for a change.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-18 09:59

    Police said they were keeping a gun loaded for the situation. Shoot illegal protestors.....

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-18 10:01

    So what about employer who just want o taint a worker... tell you this much if my previous employer lists me will sue both ur arses mate

  • anri.tredoux - 2012-11-18 10:17

    This racist country of mine, needs to catch a wake up. Those farm workers killed farmers, 'Does that mean nothing to you'? Those grapes you eat, the wine you drink, need warmers to manage the food production. I call then for the farm workers who killed farmers and injured farmers to be arrest and sentenced to life imprisonment!!!!!!!

      Mazwi Biyase - 2012-11-18 11:55

      you don't know that, did you see this particular dead farmworker kill a farmer? if so why didn't you press charges. It a sad on going drama this killing of farmers but we can not start finger pointing people without proof.

      phillip.vanniekerk.5 - 2012-11-18 12:31

      Mazwi F*ck proof! The guilty are set free anyway!

      anri.tredoux - 2012-11-19 12:04

      @Mazwi, you will find me racist because I am talking in the interest of the farmers at the moment. They are family of mine being killed by farm workers because the ANC and Juluis Malema brain wash them to break down our country. I just call it respect to serve a crime that you committed, but oh great non of the farm workers who killed farmers were arrested but the police must be arrested because they tried to protect the farmers.

  • braamc - 2012-11-18 10:18

    Arrest the ANC filth that is behind these barbaric demonstrations. F you food and allied wokkers union

  • kerrilyn.choudri - 2012-11-18 13:03

    Shoot the fekkers dead! Less of them to worry about! They deserve what comes to them. The police are trying to do their job, if they feel threatened then shoot but they (strikers/unions)mustn't act as if they did nothing wrong. FFS

  • kerrilyn.choudri - 2012-11-18 13:05

    Shoot them all the less of them the better. The unions/strikers want to act all innocent once the *poop* hits the fan. FFS

  • jlourens - 2012-11-18 13:14

    Arson is a Class 1 offense...starting a fire endangers peoples lives & Police are entitled to take lethal action if they believe the Arsonist could pose a threat to others whilst in the act. The story makes no mention under what circumstances this terrorist was it is all speculation. Ex throwing a rock can cause severe bodily harm & a lethal response can be justified. TERRORISM : is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. Most of the persons were not legitimate strikers, they were bussed in to cause deliberate chaos and anarchy...they are therefor terrorists.

  • jmajoting - 2012-11-18 14:43

    how many lives police want to takes before they can called soldiers to help them to deal with striking people in the country .

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-19 12:43

    When will government wake up and face the huge problem we have at the moment with protestors and strikers. They cannot be allowed to vandalize, burn or trash other peoples property, if the maim injure or kill anybody they must be held responsible for murder and suffer the consequences. Our Police get sent to protect people and their property from these hooligans who think burning or trashing the very thing that pays them a living is a way to make themselves heard. Police have to act and if these hooligans wont listen then they must also suffer the consequences. How can be have faith in our police if they cannot help us, that they have to stand there with their hands behind their backs or run away if the their next option. People cannot be allowed to protest if they are bent on violence and distruction. They must be forced off and made to go home and return when they have calmed down. If it takes bullets to make them move then so be it. There is a force behind these protests in the western cape and we all know who is responsible for them, infact he could'nt help but open us his big mouth. Where is he hiding, he better be careful the miners will soon be after his blood and if they dont succeed then the farm workers.

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